Mrs. Palin, Hold the Sugar

It’s absurd to think that someone would criticize Michelle Obama’s idealistic endeavors to reduce obesity and encourage healthy dieting, but believe it or not, one of the most influential conservative politicos has leveled her sights against Michelle Obama’s initiatives and is all but proclaiming the right to be obese.

The argument that government should NOT encourage healthy eating is hard to swallow.

Here is what Sarah Palin had to say in a recent interview with Laura Ingraham:

Take her [Michelle Obama’s] anti-obesity thing that she is on. She is on this kick, right. What she is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat. And I know I’m going to be again criticized for bringing this up, but instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician’s wife priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track.

Palin is drinking some strong kool-aid, and it’s probably filled to the brim with sugar. I haven’t decided which is worse: spreading the wealth, or spreading the sugar. I’m flabbergasted with the resistance and outright mockery Palin exhibits toward obesity: it is an epidemic. Perhaps it takes a while for the news to reach Alaska – or perhaps Palin doesn’t get out much.

In her home state of Alaska, 65% of the residents are obese – this is according to the state’s own Heath and Social Services website! Maybe she thinks its denizens just naturally wear big parkas. Natural is right.

Palin just doesn’t get it. I wholeheartedly applaud Michelle Obama for actually being vocal about the dangers of obesity. Mrs. Palin, if you want to lower the cost of health care – increase the importance of preventative health. Obesity is one of the top preventable causes of death in the nation; it’s right up there with smoking. Look, the federal government has plenty of regulations on smoking; it taxes cigarettes and using federal dollars, it sponsors awareness programs explaining its dangers. Yes, this “big government” has cracked down on tobacco advertising too by removing that cartoon camel and even putting big letters on cigarette packages warning consumers that the product causes a whole assortment of horrible diseases.

Obesity is no different: it is preventable – and legislation, regulations, and awareness should all be geared toward combating obesity’s harmful effects. It’s a travesty that school cafeterias serve pizza and fries all day long. Physical education has become an optional elective and food stamps can be used to buy gummy bears. Please, Mrs. Palin, take off the blinders and put down your drink; something has to change.

No one is telling Sarah Palin that she can’t buy her kids twinkies – not even Michelle Obama. She can have all the sugar she wants. It’s her prerogative if she is adamant about stuffing her children with junk food.

As ignorant as it is, Palin is so hopelessly ingrained in opposing everything Obama-related that she is losing even what little common sense she did possess. Michelle Obama could have posited that 2 + 2 = 4 and Palin would probably dispute that as well (unless, of course, she had a calculator).

Sarah Palin may be the face of the conservative movement, but she should not be its mouthpiece. So Mrs. Palin, keep your kool-aid; when I party, I’ll drink the real tea. Sugar-free, of course.

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